Eid message from the Leader of Islington Council
Upon the arrival of a new crescent moon, I send my warmest wishes to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr here in our great borough of Islington.
For British Muslims Eid is an opportunity to reflect on the 30 days spent fasting, praying and recommitting to the values we all share as human beings, the values of generosity, compassion and gratefulness.
In homes across Islington, Eid celebrations begin with dressing in the finest attire in preparation for prayers and festivities. Homes are decorated, gifts are wrapped and envelopes of money are prepared for kids. Above all, Eid is a time of celebrating the strong bonds that we share with family and friends.
British Muslims are as diverse as our borough—black, white, Asian and Arab. This Eid, celebrations will remind me of Islington’s proud history, as a borough built by people of all backgrounds and a place where we tackle issues together.
This past month, we have seen senseless attacks across our country and the world but also in the heart of our borough, last Monday, in the aim of breaking and dividing us. I am proud that instead it has brought us even closer together.
We have seen a rise in attacks against Muslims in London and nobody living and working here in Islington should ever feel afraid or unsafe in their place of worship.
Many people in Islington have shared in the experience of Ramadan by volunteering in the community for those in need and even fasting a few days or sharing an Iftar with fellow co-workers. It is actions like this, and those of our values, that strengthen our solidarity in the face of hate.
British Muslims have been part of our Islington family for many years; their contributions to our borough and society have created legacies for generations to come.
This Eid, Islington recommits itself to standing up against the bigotry and xenophobia that people of different faiths and races may face in our borough.
We will be honouring the victims of the Finsbury Park attack and their families by observing a minute silence on Monday the 26 of June 2017 at 12 noon on the Town Hall steps. An event which is open to all, so please join us.
As the Holy month draws to a close, I wish you and your family happiness and peace,
Councillor Richard Watts
Leader of Islington Council
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